Kutafin University Law Review

(KULawR)

academic peer-reviewed law journal


ETHIC POLICY

Please pay attention to the following Ethic policy and read it carefully.

Thank you.

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. This policy sets the standards of the ethical conduct for the parties involved in publishing process: contributors, editors, reviewers and publisher. The standards below are based on the Journal's general policy.

1.2. Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) being the founder and publisher of academic Journal “Kutafin University Law Review”, undertakes to monitor all stages of submissions publication.

2. ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR THE CONTRIBUTORS

2.1. ORIGINALITY STANDARD (INADMISSIBILITY OF PLAGIARISM AND SELF-PLAGIARISM)

It is important to present for the review of the editorial board the manuscripts containing the results of the original study (at least 80 % of originality). In case where a submission does not meet the requirement of originality, the editorial board has the right to reject it either totally or partly.

The contributor may use in his submission the works of the other authors or scientists or to refer to any of their citations, but in this case please mention it in both, footnote and endnote by specifying the original source. Any plagiarism, as well as auto-plagiarism is unethical and unacceptable form of the contributor's behavior. All submissions are subject to plagiary test before publishing.

2.2. ONE-TIME PUBLICATION STANDARD

It is necessary to present manuscripts not published and not submitted to the other journals before. Simultaneous submission to the several journals is considered unethical and unacceptable. The same applies to the publication of the same manuscript in different languages.

2.3. SOURCES IDENTIFICATION STANDARD

It is important to identify correctly scientific and other sources using in the articles.

2.4. AUTHORS IDENTIFICATION STANDARD

It is important to mention all co-authors names in the manuscript. Please note that co-authors are only those individuals who made a significant contribution to the manuscript's creation.

Please make sure that you have your co-authors approval of the manuscript's final version and their agreement for its publishing in KULawR before the manuscript's submission to editorial board.

2.5. CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS AND DISCLOSURE OF STANDARDS

It is necessary to disclose conflicts of interest that may affect the evaluation and interpretation of their manuscript. It is important to disclose and list in their manuscripts all sources of financial support (grants, state programs, projects, and so on.)

2.6. ERRORS CORRECTION STANDARD

(In case of discovering any significant error or inaccuracy in the submission after its publishing, it is necessary to notify the editorial board and to assist in the correction. In case of discovering any errors by the third parties, the author has to correct the error or to prove its absence.

3. ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR THE EDITORS

3.1. DECISION MAKING STANDARDS

It is unacceptable to publish submissions with signs of libel, slander, plagiarism or copyright violations. Please note that only editors-in-chief can make a final decision.

The author is informed about the final decision within 8 weeks upon the manuscript submission.

3.2. AUTHORS EQUALITY STANDARDS

Please note that the editorial board evaluates manuscripts regardless of the author's race, gender, nationality, origin, citizenship, occupation, residence, as well as his political, philosophical, religious or other views.

3.3. CONFIDENTIALITY STANDARDS

Editors shall not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the author and if required the publisher.

3.4. CONFLICT OF INTERESTS STANDARDS

The editorial board members don’t have to use any material of the submitted manuscript for their own interests or work without author's written consent. The editorial board members have to refuse to review the manuscript in case if it involves any competitive or conflict interests with the author or his affiliation. The editorial board members have to make sure that all competing or conflict interests (if any) of all parties involved in publishing process are disclosed.

3.5. CLAIMS STANDARDS

In case of any claims receipt concerning contributor's unethical behavior the editorial board handles those complaints and takes appropriate reasonable measures. Please note that editorial board has the right to refuse to publish the contributor's submission with the reference to his unethical behavior, and to take other necessary measures to prevent his further unethical behavior.

4. ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR THE REVIEWERS

4.1. REVIEWER CONTRIBUTION STANDARDS

The reviewers should assist evaluation process and to help the contributors to improve the manuscript. Please note that the editorial board makes decision on manuscript acceptance or rejection on the basis of the review results.

4.2. TIME LIMIT STANDARDS

The experts have to provide manuscript review within two weeks after they receive it. In case if to make the review in that term is not possible, the reviewer have to notify the editorial board.

4.3. CONFIDENTIALITY STANDARDS

It's necessary to treat the manuscript submitted for the review as a confidential document. The reviewer has the right to show or discuss it with the third parties only after editor-in-chief permission.

4.4. OBJECTIVITY STANDARDS

The reviewers have to make an independent and objective evaluation. Personal criticism is unacceptable. The reviewers have to make reasonable conclusions and support them with the references to appropriate sources.

4.5. CONFLICT OF INTERESTS STANDARDS

The reviewers don’t have to use any material of the submitted manuscript without author's written consent.

Every expert has to refuse to review the manuscript in case of involvement of any competitive or conflict interests with the author or his affiliation.



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